Best of 2019: Our favourite illustrations
Words: NAIT staff
| Images: Dru Davids, Rory Lee, Tracy Niven, Andy Oviatt, Derek Lue
20 Dec, 2019
The best illustrations of the year
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what then is the value of illustration? If you ask us, a good illustration is priceless and techlifetoday is fortunate to leverage the creative powers of a cast of design superheroes!
These are imaginative problem-solvers who take half-baked ideas and – let’s face it – sometimes terrible concepts from our writers and bring them to life with visual heft, emotion and whimsy that leaps from the screen. The end result is a visual package that not only makes our content visually appealing, it improves our storytelling.
With that, we present a selection of our favourite illustrations from 2019.
Graphic designer Tracy Niven created this illustration for our podcast episode about student mental health on post-secondary campuses.
This illustration by graphic designer Dru Davids added whimsy and colour for our podcast epsiode about food security in Edmonton.
The evolution of cellular technology and 5G's impact on our world hits home in this fun design by Andy Oviatt.
This fun origin story about NAIT's mosaic mural and its talented creator warranted similar visual treatment, which designer Derek Lue accomplished with this illustration of a photo shot by Blaise van Malsen. (Speaking of photograpy, check out our photographers' favourite images from the past decade).
Designer Rory Lee turned a hodge-podge of ideas about how to landscape your yard into a wonderful set of colourful and easy-to-follow visual instructions.
Another illustration by Lee that delights and entertains, this time for a how-to on public speaking.
Lee developed a visual concept about how to embrace, support and drive change at work for our podcast episode on the subject.
It's just as important to protect your cellphone from viruses and malware as it is a computer, which Oviatt makes crystal clear with another fun phone illustration.
The rise in popularity of protein alternatives is a meaty issue – and one that Niven navigated deftly with an illustration you can sink your teeth into.